What Does LEED Certification Entail?


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Attaining LEED certification for a commercial building requires registering with the U.S. Green Building Council, applying for credits and working with the council for certification. Because there are several levels of LEED certification, organizations have the option of appealing decisions.

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Part of the registration process involves putting together a team to handle the process. The designated owner is ultimately in charge of the process while the agent is in charge of registering the project and accepting decisions. The project administrator oversees the process and ensures that submissions are complete and accurate.

The application portion involves choosing LEED credits to seek and adjusting plans accordingly. This process involves submitting technical information about the project and creating project-specific narratives. LEED certification takes into account the specifics of the building itself, so these narratives help the agents in charge of granting credits make an informed judgment.

The review process connects to the final certification process. Agents check applications for completeness and compliance with the ratings the team chose and issues a preliminary decision on whether to grant or deny credits or whether to seek further information. The team can accept this as the final result or submit more information to seek different more credits. If the team doesn't receive the credits it believes it deserves, it can elect to go through an appeal process.

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